In light of the absence of Coalition Chairman David Bitan, who is under investigation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for an urgent meeting with the heads of the coalition parties ahead of next week’s crucial votes in the Knesset.







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Today (Friday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold an urgent meeting with the leaders of the coalition parties and call on them to ‘close the ranks’ and stop discussing elections. This is the first time that Netanyahu will hold such a meeting.

According to a senior-level minister, the meeting will be about making sure that everything is settled ahead of next week’s legislative votes in the absence of Coalition Chairman David Bitan, who is under investigation. The central issues at hand are the controversial Supermarkets Bill and the softened version of the Recommendations Bill.

It is believed that Netanyahu wants to make sure that all party leaders reach final agreements before the voting begins and prevent last-minute surprises in the coalition. Last week, after facing public pressure, the prime minister asked that the Recommendations Bill not apply to his investigations.